The beauty of fashion and developing a personal style often lies in the many choices of garments we can use to build a wardrobe. As aspiring Fashionistas and Fashionistos, we have immense freedom to create our desired look from a large collection of pieces. One facet of the fashion world that seems to have endless possibilities — the extensive universe of shoes. I mean, think of the available options: booties, boots, heels, flats and sandals, not to mention the focus of this piece being sneakers.
When we hear the word “sneakers,” it’s often hard not to think of athletics, knee-high socks and bad gym clothes. In the fashion sphere, however, sneakers have definitely progressed from their solely athletic origin. The term “sneakers” now refers to a unique genre of shoes; composed of classic footwear canvas, suede, leather and other fabrics. As this Fashionisto demonstrates, modern sneakers can add a relaxed and fashionable touch to any outfit.
This Fashionisto’s shoes (a pair of leather lace-ups with awesome contrast laces) shine among a sea of boring canvas. They act as a polished accent to a casually cool ensemble composed of a graphic T-shirt, utility jacket and classic black skinnies. The shoes lend this outfit a sense of effortlessness that, due to the edgier fabric, still translates as “put together.” His look as a whole is relaxed, and oh-so chic.
As far as shoes go, sneakers can be the most fun, and also versatile. Whether they’re athletic, girly or bold — there are so many different vibes one pair of sneakers can create. Like our Fashionisto’s shoes prove, sneakers can be edgy and simple. They can add to a an understated sense of completion to an outfit; acting as a stylish accent rather than a statement piece. Leather, corduroy and canvas sneakers of a classic silhouette work especially well as a casual touch.
Sneakers can also serve as the focus point of an outfit. For example, a pair of neon sneaks will pops against an otherwise neutral outfit. Similarly, a pair of sneakers in a floral or striped pattern adds a sense of whimsy and fun to any look. Whichever fashionable path you choose to walk, throw on a pair of chic sneaks and you will be set!
Spotted: Menswear master Marc Jacobs included fresh and simple sneakers in his darkly chic fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection.